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Wednesday, May 12, 2004

First Annual Twin Cities Band Slam

Minnesota artist and musician Cat Campion has a new project that really sounds like a blast. She's inviting local musicians of every ilk from seasoned professionals to fresh-faced teens to participate in the First Annual Twin Cities Band Slam.

Entry for contestants will be set up at the First Avenue box office starting today (May 12th, 2004). Just sign up the next time you're there. Would be participants pay a fee of five dollars to enter their
name and the instrument(s) they play. Deadline for entry is June 1st.

Once all entries are in, brand new bands will be assembled and given one month to come up with 15-20 minutes of material. On July 11, the bands will play in the First Avenue mainroom.

Celebrity judges Jim Walsh and Melissa Maerz from City Pages and Mark Wheat from Radio K will be on hand to determine which group has done the best job of creating a viable band in the short period of time.

Bands are encouraged to record a single, make buttons/posters/t-shirts anything they can think of and these will be included in the judges consideration. The winning band gets all of the entry fee
money, an appearance on KQ Homegrown, and other prizes.

Campion is also seeking filmmakers and photographers to document the bands from the first meeting to the final performance and to add a visual element to that night's performance. And perhaps, time and resources
willing, produce a simple music video. If you'd like to participate in this capacity, please contact her